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Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu

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Garden Educational Site
The Harold L. Lyon Arboretum is a 200acre arboretum and botanical garden managed by the University of Hawaii at Mānoa located at the upper end of Mānoa Valley in Hawaii.Much of the Arboretum's botanical collection consists of an artificial lowland tropical rainforest with numerous trails and small water features.HistoryThe Manoa Arboretum was established in 1918 by the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association to demonstrate watershed restoration and test various tree species for reforestation, as well as collect living plants of economic value. The original director of the arboretum was Dr. Harold L. Lyon, a botanist from Minnesota who was plant pathologist for the HSPA. During his tenure, Lyon planted nearly 2,000 species of trees on the site.In 1953, at Lyon's urging, the HSPA conveyed the arboretum site to the University of Hawaii, with the stipulation that the site continue to be used as an arboretum and botanical garden in perpetuity. After Lyon's death in 1957, the arboretum was renamed in his honor.Today, the Arboretum continues to develop its extensive tropical plant collection, while emphasizing native Hawaiian plants, such as Pritchardia spp. (palms). Its over 15,000 accessions focus primarily on the monocot families of palms, gingers, heliconias, bromeliads, and aroids. Native and Polynesian cultivated and wild species are displayed in the ethnobotanical, native ecosystems, and Hawaiian sections of the gardens. The Lyon Arboretum also maintains an active seed bank.
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TripAdvisor
  • Hiked around this place before we hiked Manoa Falls. This was much less crowded than Manoa Falls and had beautiful views of the valley. Glad we spent the extra time here.  more »
  • This arboretum has a beautiful setting with sweeping lawns and misty hills looming in the background. The plant selection is good and the Hawaiian portion is particularly interesting to see but that s...  more »
  • *Take bug spray!! *Good walking shoes. The ground can be full of roots, slippery rocks, rolling rocks, and steep hills. It will be very limited access for anyone who doesn't have good walking ability....  more »
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  • A wonderful place for those interested in hiking & botanical wonders. Make sure you use mosquito repellent, even if you have to pay for the sheets when you sign in at the office or you will regret it! I always spend at least 2 hours here. It is also great for photography.
  • It's definitely worth a visit. It's easy to get lost on the poorly marked trails though. There are tours. I think I'll take one next time.
  • This place stunned me. Manoa was fine but hiking through this place was better. Get off the trail for some true photo-worthy views and learn about the beautiful plants and their uses.
  • Quality Arboretum, so close to the city and Waikiki. You feel transported in time at a real live jungle. We went to the annual plant sale and very pleased with the selection available to us. We bought some carnivorous plants and got great growing advice. Sign up for the available classes.
  • My wife and I went her after hiking the trail. It was great seeing all of the different types of plants. The "walking tree" was the coolest for me.